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Re: Marine Air Conditioning Install
There are a lot of steps involved and while each isn't especially difficult, they are time consuming. You would have to install a through hull and seacock for the cooling water, pump, condenser, ducting, 120VAC, thermostat, condensation drain to the bilge, and another exit above the waterline for the water outlet. Figure about 20 hours at $90-$100/hr yard rate. Figure about $1500-$2000 for the unit itself. So I'd ballpark it at between $3000-$4000.
Suggestion: buy a boat with a non working unit and replace it. All the infrastructure will be in place (ducting, through hull, AC, etc) and you may be able to just drop in a new unit. Ask for $4000 off the purchase price and do it yourself for $1500-$2000 and about 10 hours.
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